A DETOUR TO LOVEChapter 1 Transition I'm standing in front of the mirror, surveying my reflection. It seems like days are moving in a faster phase. I'm now in my last highschool year, a senior student. "how will things work? Will it be great? How about.. him..? ..Anyway, past is past! Hindi na pwedeng balikan, hindi na pwede ang take two, hindi din pwede ang rewind! I might as well make one step forward to moving on. Wala naman na 'kong magagawa kung gano'n talaga. There's a greater life ahead of me naman eh. Enjoy lang. Yeah!" I lectured myself in the back of my mind. "bilisan mo na dyan..buti pa si jelaine kumakain na.." "sandali nalang..matatapos na po ko.". I muttered back while combing my hair. That's my mama. She always complains about my sluggishness every morning. Eh pano ba naman? inaantok pa ko..syempre kukupad talaga ko. By the way, I'm Hilary Anne Gale Delarante. I study at the School of Saint Thomas. I studied there since highschool and for the past two years, nothing special happened in my life, just typical. Last year naman medyo nag-evolve..marami akong nakilalang friends sa batch ko pati na rin sa ibang batch. At ngayon last year ko na 'toh! Ayoko pa nga maging senior eh kasi pagkatapos nito, gagrad na 'ko then iiwan ko na yung school at magkakahiwa-hiwalay na kami.. Oh well, that's life. Philosophy #1: You have to learn how to move forward like everybody does. Youcan't stay stranded in the past forever. That's part of my "Life Guide" na napag-isipan kong gawin ngayong senior na ko, mga rules to live by, my point of views, perhaps my outlook in life which I write in a notebook. Wala lang, trip trip lang naman. Kaya ayun, I really need to move on from the pain that I felt before and accept the reality that I can't stay as a highschool student forever. I should condition myself that soon, I will be progressing to college. Lumabas na ako ng kwarto para kumain na din. Si Jelaine naman, tapos nang kumain ng breakfast na niluto ng papa namin. My sister is one year younger than me. When we arrived at our school, there were already umpteen students. Hindi muna ko umakyat sa room..naghintay muna 'ko ng mga friends na magiging classmates ko. Mag-se-7:30 am na nung umakyat ako kaso wala 'kong nakitangka-close ko na ka-section ko. Sa ibang section sila na-designate. May nakita akong friend sa room..hindi ko nga lang ganun ka-close pero ayos lang. Sa kanya nalang ako tumabi tapos nakipagkwentuhan. Later on, dumating ang adviser namin, si teacher Lex, a new teacher. As usual, magpapakilala ka sa harapan, dedescribe mo sarili mo, mag-iisip ka ng kung anong pwedeng mag-symbolize sayo..basta mga ka-ek-ekan then i-nayos niya yung seating arrangement. "hi, name mo?" I turned my head to the right side to see who's asking. "mine's hilary..yours?" "ahh..just call me Mike. Nice to meet you seatmate." he said with a smile.